"In a world where marriage is forbidden, sex is only granted to male warriors, and the outer realm is full of murderous creatures, Arianna fights to protect the life of her only living relative, her brother."
Pages: 282 pages
Publisher: Crescent Moon Press
Published: December, 2011
Form: E-book (from a tour for an honest review )
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Amazon: Buy / $11.49 (Kindle) ( EU price, click to see US price )
Barnes & Noble: Buy / $7.99 (Nook)
All Romance E-books: Buy / $6.99 (E-book)
"In a world where marriage is forbidden, sex is only granted to male warriors, and the outer realm is full of murderous creatures, Arianna fights to protect the life of her only living relative, her brother.
Tardon, an elite warrior, is granted anything he desires by the Elders, but finds little joy in the voluptuous women presented to him. Born for the bloodlust found only in battle, complicated emotions emerge when he discovers his equal in the alluring warrior, Arianna.
Charged by the Elders with saving the castle from attack, Tardon and Arianna risk the curse when they traverse the vast outer realm to retrieve serum from the Tree of Life. If successful, the Elders have promised Tardon the right to marry and Arianna the cure for her brother’s death fever. Will their love carry them through or will the discovery of a great deception be their ultimate demise?" ~from Goodreads
The premise for the book was very interesting, and the blurb immediately captured my interest, it conjured up this image of a hot love affair, danger and fantasy - unfortunately it didn't quite deliver for me. I do love fantasy as a genre as well as romance, well duh right? ;) But while this book was good and I enjoyed most of it for me it lacked in the depth of moving the story forward. Don't get me wrong it was an active book, but while reading it I felt little unattached to the couple. It was a good book, well worth the read - but personally it was lacking little bit. Of course I've seen this book get plenty 4 and 5 star reviews so possibly it could be just me. ;)
I liked the characters. Tardon being the strong warrior, proud and little uptight, and Arianna being a warrior herself no maiden to be rescued, she fought aside Tardon like one of the men. It was their love affair that I liked most about the book, their forbidden desire to be together, their near death sentence because of it and then their near exile because of it to a world inhabited by gruesome cursed creature who once were men like them.
You'll like this if... you like your romance to have an element of fantasy and danger, you want your hero a strapping warrior and your heroine a valiant match to him in body, mind and spirit!
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